Linksys WRT54GL - which build of DD-WRT ? - Guidance please

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martinr
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 18:09    Post subject: Linksys WRT54GL - which build of DD-WRT ? - Guidance please Reply with quote
I'm sorry but I have read and re-read the Peacock thread (Everything you need to know) and it really is not everything I need to know. It would be uncharitable of me to say the version details are clear as mud, and probably in a few weeks it'll all be quite obvious to me. I've seen the warning about not trusting data in the list of supported devices. I've looked through the Index at ftp://dd-wrt.com/, and I'm even more confused as to which version to download.

I'll be using the browser to access the control panel, so I gather that I need a generic version.

I have a new Linksys WRT54GL version 1.1, and I think all I need is the micro version.

After a lot of rumaging through folders and checking hashes, I ended up at:

ftp://dd-wrt.com/stable/dd-wrt.v24/Broadcom/Linksys/WRT54GL_1.1/dd-wrt.v24_mini_generic.bin


but I've seen other v24 mini_generic.bin files in other folders.

Is this the version I should be using.

I'd be grateful for any guidance, and apologies if I sound ungrateful to all those who freely give their time to developing and documenting this project.

Martin
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 18:55    Post subject: Reply with quote
Did you read this? http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_WRT54GL
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martinr
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 19:58    Post subject: Reply with quote
Malachi wrote:
Did you read this? http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_WRT54GL


Yes, and thanks, I have read and printed off that article and saw the advice to download NEWD_MINI build generic 12548 Eko Build in sub-para 2. I can't quite remember what I read elsewhere that made me doubt if that was what I should do - possibly being unable to find the hash for that file and possibly something I read in the Peacock post.

Do you reckon NEWD_MINI build generic 12548 Eko Build is the right one, then?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 20:00    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yes.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 20:50    Post subject: Reply with quote
Malachi wrote:
Yes.


Many thanks, Malachi; I really do appreciate your kind guidance (and patience).

Martin
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 22:28    Post subject: Reply with quote
ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/V24_TNG/svn12548/

ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2010/08-12-10-r14929/broadcom/

Both 12548 and 14929 /worked/ fine here, just upgraded to 14929.

Running: In repeater bridge mode

2 Linksys WRT54G/GL v1.1
Firmware Version (both routers)
DD-WRT v24-sp2 (07/22/09) std-nokaid - build 12548M NEWD Eko

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 0:27    Post subject: Reply with quote
gufus wrote:
ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/V24_TNG/svn12548/

ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2010/08-12-10-r14929/broadcom/

Both 12548 and 14929 /worked/ fine here, just upgraded to 14929.

Running: In repeater bridge mode

2 Linksys WRT54G/GL v1.1
Firmware Version (both routers)
DD-WRT v24-sp2 (07/22/09) std-nokaid - build 12548M NEWD Eko

gufus



That's good to know - very reassuring. Thanks for that.

I think it was in that Peacock Everything-you-need-to-know topic where I read something like: a newer build is not necessarily a better one. I haven't come across any "lists of changes" for DD-WRT builds, so how does the average user of DD-WRT know firstly if a new build for their router comes out, and, secondly, whether or not it's worth installing; in your case, for example, how do you find out whether or not 14929 is a worthwhile upgrade to 12548? And how do you keep aware of updates to a specific router's version of DD-WRT?

I have found the change log at

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Changelog

which tells you, for example, the changes between v24 and v24 SP1. But how do you know the changes between, for example, 12548 and 14929?

It seems a long way from the world of Windows Update or Patch Tuesday! But I guess that's because firmware and software are different beasts?

Martin
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 20:07    Post subject: Reply with quote
[quote="martinr"]
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in your case, for example, how do you find out whether or not 14929 is a worthwhile upgrade to 12548?


Well both builds are RECOMMENDED

I needed /sendmail/ 12548 did not have it, 14929 did. So I upgraded to 14929.

I just read /A LOT/

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:06    Post subject: Reply with quote
[quote="gufus"]
martinr wrote:
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in your case, for example, how do you find out whether or not 14929 is a worthwhile upgrade to 12548?


Well both builds are RECOMMENDED

I needed /sendmail/ 12548 did not have it, 14929 did. So I upgraded to 14929.

I just read /A LOT/

gufus



Thanks, gufus, you're a godsend. "Just read /A LOT". Great advice: it is all slowly coming together and making sense, and by moving a step at a time I'm working my way up the learning curve.

Thanks for your kind advice and for taking the time to help.

Martin
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